Dept. for Public Health reminding Kentuckians of CO dangers

Carbon Monoxide
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Department for Public Health (DPH) is reminding all Kentuckians of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

In cold weather, people will sometimes use a kerosene or propane gas stove or oven to provide heat.  These items give off carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas.  In too great a concentration, carbon monoxide can lead to severe, life-threatening cases of poisoning.

DPH suggests taking the following steps to protect yourself and your family:

  • Install a battery operated carbon monoxide detector in your home.  If you already have one, replace the battery once a year.
  • Don’t use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, garage, or outside near a window.
  • Don’t run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.
  • Don’t use a fireplace that isn’t properly vented.
  • Don’t heat your home with a gas oven.
  • Be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions for kerosene heaters.
  • Seek immediate medical attnetion if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning and are experiencing symptoms, including headache, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.
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If you are experiencing the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, call 911 or contact the Poison Control hotline at 1-800-222-1222.